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patrolling cry meia, those were not russian forces at all. he insisted they were, quote, local defense forces and call the people's uprising against ukrainian president viktor yanukovych an unconstitutional coup and said they were sitting in a laboratory and running experiments on rats and described anti-government protests, the ones that killed scores of people two week ago an orgy of radicals. putin was nervous, angry, cornered and paranoid, written in the new republic. here was an authoritarian dancing uncomfortably in his new dictator shoes. in the last few years it's something like conventional knowledge in moscow journalistic circles that put. was no longer getting new good information, surrounded by yes men who created a parallel informational universe. indeed, living in a parallel universe seem to be one of the only explanations for putin's perilously irrational behavior. joining me, mark halperin, and from washington, the new york times' white house correspondent and former moscow bureau chief, peter baker. peter, what thoughts are running through putin's head and why he's -- i mean
, but about which pieces of the constitution will apply down at this commission. these are defense lawyers trying to chip away at a death penalty case to say to the judge, if you hide a percentage of the evidence from the accused, if we, the defense lawyers, can't tell the accused some of the secret evidence, how can you then go about and ask for a death penalty? so, this is the pretrial hearings. it's hard. it isn't that kind of sexy murder trials that americans have become accustomed to watching on court tv. >> and carl, i'm not gonna argue with -- of course the families of the victims care, but i do think in terms of the breadth of coverage, the amount of discussion, these are people -- khalid sheikh mohammed, enemy combatants, number one, names familiar to many americans. if you ask i think john q. public where ksm's trial stands in terms of proceedings, i think very few people would be able to answer you on that on that note, the speed or lack thereof with which these men are seeing trial is staggering. the average wait time between a federal court around military commission, 1.5 year
in support or on behalf of him in defense. but there were also seven democrats who voted against this, including bob casey, mark pryor, joe manchin, john walsh. a lot of those names are familiar because they're democrats facing uphill re-election fights. tell me about the tension between the the white house nominating this person at this moment before the midterm elections. >> it's fascinating. no one really paid much attention to this nomination until the last couple of days. and republicans mounted a very strong rhetorical push against him. democrats have voted against him, a lot found themselves stuck in a difficult spot because he was doing his job and he was representing his client and that is sort of what he's supposed to do. >> that's what lawyers do. >> right. and regardless of what you think of him, he's allowed to have counsel and counsel. this is a bit of democrats sort of getting bit in the butt with what they did with the filibuster rules. up until then, when they had nominees they were uncomfortable with, they could blame republicans, say it was all their fault. but ther
that is having an identity crisis. probably more than that, the fear is tangible on this end, the defense of cultural displacement is so pronounced that i wonder, you know, from your perspective, when you have a texas population that is majority hispanic, what corner of the republican party is left in? >> yeah. what we are seeing right now, the republican party is seek income their yield. they are probably looking at these numbers and doing so because of that. the question is what is the republican party going to do going forward because of these dem gravgs? are they going to change? are they going to moderate? it wasn't too long ago george w. bush in his re-election for governor in the state of texas got 49 sponsors of the elected vote. if the republican party decide to moderate, they can harness the vote. latinos here in texas a idea logically more conservative. let's get the republican party dismisses these number, doesn't want to moderate. they keep on the same track. in that case, the democratic party really has the advantage? that being said, they would have to mobilize. they really
with the example you talked about but it wasn't long ago that president clinton was signing the defense of marriage act. this is bending forward but it's bending forward fast. >> the arc of history bends towards justice and sharply so it seems at in moment in time. freedom to marry's mark mckinnon, thank you as always for your time and thoughts. >> thanks, alex. kick it hard. >>> after the break, scores of rebel fighters are slaughtered in the outskirts of damascus and secretary kerry says the president is dissatisfied with the situation in syria. we'll have a full report next on "now." are you ready grandma? just a second, sweetie. [ female announcer ] we eased your back pain, you turned up the fun. tylenol® provides strong pain relief while being gentle on your stomach. but for everything we do, we know you do so much more. tylenol®. ♪ every now and then i get a little bit hungry ♪ ♪ and there's nothing good around ♪ ♪ turn around, barry ♪ i finally found the right snack ♪ [ female announcer ] fiber one. ♪ i finally found the right snack ♪ iwe don't back down. we only know one
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